Rosie was a breeder dog who was considered “used up.” A good Samaritan took her and brought her to us when the breeder made clear that she would be disposing of her. She has never lived inside or been treated with love, and yet, she gives hers unconditionally. The first bed she had was the one we provided her. When her adopters mentioned that they would be letting her pick out her own new bed and toys, Rosie made clear […]
Some things make me laugh. Some make me smile. Some fill me with joy – like the asters in fall. And others make me want to say, “Don’t worry boy, didn’t I tell you you’d be home in a flash?” Some touch my heart. Some fill me with hope. And some make me wonder how a boy ever thought that peeing on a new girlfriend would win her over?! But this just fills me with pride. Last year, I told […]
This is not my project…but it’s a big one that impacts everyone who volunteers at the rescue. We had been waiting for the weather to turn to get it done. This weekend, the guys removed all 25 kennels and lined them up in the yards where they will wait for a week. Monday, the floor installers will come and begin putting down flooring that has been vet-tested for endurance. It should withstand the wear and tear and make cleaning easier […]
Maria’s decorations signal that fall has arrived in the garden…but gardening had to wait this weekend. I’m a big fan of completing one project before starting another (the Virgo in me) – so I was hoping to complete the new bed this week. But when the success of a project depends on the muscles of others – you adapt! My crew was available this weekend…so this weekend was dedicated to the new Puppy Pad. We built a Puppy Palace in […]
“At the heart of gardening there is a belief in the miraculous.” ~ Mirabel Osler Who would have believed that an acre of weeds and thistle would turn into our memorial garden. Or that seeds, bulbs, saplings and bare roots would grow into this. Yes, it takes hard work, water and sun, and a fair amount of luck – but what unfolds is kind of miraculous. Rescue requires its own belief in miracles. Here are a few of the tiny […]
My husband says I should compile a montage of all the puppies we have fostered in the last couple of years. Note to self. I’ll get right on that. Our latest, Buddy, went and got himself adopted. A beautiful Chocolate Lab, he was surrendered at four months of age for being a puppy. His people – apparently divided in their decision to purchase him – took on more than they could manage or agree upon. As a result, Buddy was […]
There are near daily tests for the rescuer woman: her will to heal against theirs to surrender. Most battles are won, but not all; the rescuer does not always get to be the savior. The beloved dog who so kindly shared his home, heart, and rescuer mom has gone. Sometimes, it feels like the universe conspires against us – When it is simply saying, “I’m calling you home.” It is not compelled to explain its timing or purpose – Any […]
The sun is red. The skies are grey with ash and smoke. An eerie orange tint colors the fields. Everyone is hunkered down… watching – waiting, and holding their breath. Praying for those affected by the fires – and the brave, weary firefighters who stand between the blazing monsters and so many more. Climate change coming? It’s here.